Sello Maake Ka-Ncube Biography

Sello Maake Ka-Ncube Biography

Sello Maake Ka Ncube is a distinguished South African actor and voice artist, celebrated for his decade-long appearances on the South African soap opera, ‘Generations’. He is arguably one of the highest-paid actors in Mzansi and a multi-award-winning performer. While it would take several books to chronicle the history of this living legend, this article aims to provide a concise summary.

Profile Summary

Real Name: Sello Maake Ka Ncube (Formerly Sello Maake)

Gender: Male

Date of Birth: 12 March 1960

Place of Birth: Orlando, Soweto, South Africa

Age: 60 Years

Nationality: South African

Spouse: NIL

Occupation: Actor, Voice Artist

Instagram: @sellomkn


The legendary actor, Sello Maake, was born on the 12th of March 1960 in Orlando, Soweto, South Africa. He was raised in Soweto under the guardianship of his late stepfather. Upon his stepfather’s passing, he inherited his surname as a tribute to him, becoming Sello Maake KaNcube.

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Marital Life

In 2013, Sello Maake Ka Ncube married Palesa Mboweni in a vibrant ceremony. Unfortunately, the marriage did not last even a year. Sello alleges that Palesa made the marriage unbearable, among other unacceptable actions, she set two of his cars on fire and gave away his clothes. Consequently, Sello served his wife divorce papers to attain his freedom. However, Sello Maake Ka Ncube has children with several women he never married and currently has five children. A tragic car accident claimed the life of his elder son, Mxolisi.

Television Appearances

Sello Maake Ka-Ncube gained fame with his appearances in Generations for over two decades. He acted alongside another legend, Connie Ferguson, and together they were the inseparable Moroka siblings. Furthermore, he appeared in Scandal as the ferocious Lucas Daniel Nyathi, and he nailed the gay man role of Kgosi in ‘The Queen’. He has also featured in The Herd, Rockville, and The River.


Sello is an internationally acclaimed actor who has featured in several International films. Some of the films he features are listed below;

  • A Dry White Season 1989
  • Dark City in 1990
  • The Rutanga Tapes in 1990
  • Wheels and Deals in 1991
  • The Good Fascist in 1992
  • Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom of 1993
  • Bopha! of 1993
  • Taxi to Soweto in 1993
  • Djadje: Last Night I Fell Off a Horse in 1993
  • Othello: A South African Tale in 2005


Sello Maake began when he was just 15 years old in the 1970s but among his initial works, the most notable is his role in the film ‘A Dry White Season’ in 1989. Due to the success of the film, he also made a stunning performance in another production ‘Dark city’ in 1990. From there onwards, he kept on shining and rose to fame effortlessly.

Theatre Performances

Sello Maaka Ka Ncube’s potential was realized in his powerful theatre performances which always ended with a magnificent round of applause. Over the years he featured in several plays listed below;

  • Othello
  • The Suit
  • Smallholding
  • Raisin in the Sun
  • The Good Woman of Sharkville
  • Guess Who’s Coming for Dinner
  • Prophets in The Black Sky
  • The Lion King
  • Aaron
  • Titus Andronicus

The Sello Maake ka-Ncube Foundation

Sello Maake Ka-Ncube established a foundation with the objective of fostering social cohesion through performing arts by various groups. The foundation is committed to building a better society through its diverse contribution channels.

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Controversy: Sello Maake Ka-Ncube VS The Fergusons

In 2019, Vatiswa Ndara criticized The Fergusons for alleged ill-treatment and unprofessional conduct, particularly on the show ‘The Queen’. Other actors, including Keke Mphuti and Mara Louw, also expressed their grievances. However, it was unexpected when Sello Maake Ka-Ncube also voiced his discontent. He accused his long-time partner Connie Ferguson and Ferguson Films of underpaying him and owing him a substantial amount of money.

Controversy: Sello Maake Ka-Ncube VS Khuli Roberts

Khuli Roberts faced criticism due to her alleged underperformance in Mzansi’s telenovela ‘The Queen’. While viewers and fans criticized her, Sello Maake Ka-Ncube escalated the criticism into an insult, suggesting that Khuli should come to him for lessons. Khuli expressed her disappointment on social media and television about the negative actions of a mature actor such as Sello.

Net Worth of Sello Maake Ka-Ncube

Sello Maake Ka-Ncube currently has an impressive net worth of a whopping US$13 million. He has accumulated wealth through his acting career over the years. In addition to acting, Sello also produces local film and television productions, which contribute to his revenue.

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By Shamiso Miracle

Shamiso Miracle completed her degree in journalism and media studies at the University of Zimbabwe before honing her skills at Savanna News. She then went on to work at iHarare News, becoming a voice for everyday SA citizens who wanted to share their stories. When she's not writing news that entertains and inspires ,Shamiso is an avid reader and a wellness bunny.

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